If you're in a hurry, you take your morning coffee to go. But if you're really in a hurry, you brew your morning coffee on the go in the Impress Coffee Brewer Cup ($40). This one-cup-at-a-time travel mug/brewer uses a double-walled outer stainless steel cup and nesting inner cup with stainless steel microfilter to brew great tasting coffee in only three minutes. Just place the grounds in the outer cup, add hot water, and when the three minutes are up, push the inner cup all the way down and snap on the to-go lid to enjoy your coffee.
To hell with folding. If you're not feeling up to using Maps on your smartphone or tablet — or just don't want to ring up a huge international data bill — then consider packing one of these Crumpled City Maps ($15) on your next trip. Made from some sort of special technological material, these full-color maps can be opened and closed in just two seconds, provide details about streets, monuments, museums, and more, weigh only 21 grams, are 100% waterproof, and cram nicely into their included carrying pouches when you're tired of looking like a tourist.
No, this isn't a Rambo-style sling for paperbacks. The Book Bandolier ($26) is instead an adjustable leather strap that offers six loops for holding pens, pencils, and brushes, and is designed to wrap around a stack of drawing/notebooks, allowing you to travel as lightly as possible while keeping the tools you need nearby.
Keeping dress shirts looking crisp while traveling is hard. The Shirt Shuttle (£30; roughly $50) makes it easy. This simple travel helper features a curved-edge folding board to ensure that your shirt remains uncreased, and a lightweight, water-resistant case that's specially formed to keep your collar looking great, and includes inner pads to help minimize creases and an integrated hanging hook. Keeping the rest of your wardrobe looking nice is up to you.
Is your college-era flask getting a bit long in the tooth? Step up to one of these Tom Cecil Flasks (£300-£350; roughly $475-$550). Sporting handy, stand-on-their-own angular designs, they're available in a variety of high-end finishes, including brass, stainless steel, high-gloss white, and high-gloss black. For those times when your liquor deserves better than a brown paper bag.
Say hello to the latest hard-sided travel collection from the best four-lettered luggage maker around. Tumi Tegra-Lite Luggage ($600-$800) is made from Tegris, a unique polypropylene thermoplastic composite material that was originally designed for use in armor, NASCAR rides, and protective football gear, but is now available to use its lightweight properties and incredible impact resistance for protecting your clothes and gear. It doesn't look too shabby, either.
Start your beach holiday preparations early with the Travelteq Travel Towel (€95; roughly $120). Handmade in Amsterdam, this upscale beach towel is crafted from Irish linen, which allows it to be lighter, 20 times more absorbent, faster-drying, and softer than traditional beach towels, while also boasting dual pockets in a contrasting color that are large enough for swimwear, an iPad case, book, and wallet, or anything else you think you might need. Available in navy with light blue pockets, or light blue with navy pockets.
The Killspencer Dopp Folio ($150-$190) does double duty as a carrier for both your grooming and gadget arsenal. Available in four different leather or canvas versions, the Dopp Folio, as its name implies, transforms from a dopp kit that you can pack with your toiletries into a folio for your iPad or 11-inch MacBook Air, and a few other necessities.
Pack lighter and smarter with this Roll Up Travel Charger ($35). Compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod, and capable of charging up to four devices at once, this compact charger offers Apple 30-pin, Mini USB, Micro USB, and Samsung charging connectors, all of which sprout from a tube that rolls up into a slip-proof polyurethane mat and connects to power using a single wall wart, leaving the other outlet open for your razor, laptop, or travel-sized blacklight wand to check the room for unwanted "surprises".
Stay powered up whether you're in the car or cafe with the Ray Solar Charger ($40). It sports a suction cup surround for sticking it to the inside of your windshield, and for when you're working from a non-moving seat, Ray has a built-in kickstand that tilts to grab the maximum amount of sunlight. [Scouted by Kyle]
A good umbrella is a must for those of us who live in places where it isn't sunny 340 days a year, and as carriers of the company's Solo model, we can assure you that the Davek Elite Umbrella ($150) qualifies. The high-end umbrella company's take on the cane umbrella, the Elite features a 50-inch arc-diameter canopy, a top-grain leather handle, a wind-tension frame system for resistance to high winds, a fiberglass shaft, an auto-open button system, and classy zinc metal accents.
When you're travelling with glasses — reading glasses included — the more compact they become, the better. And these Tumi Compatto Travel Reading Glasses ($125) are some of the most compact we've ever seen. Thanks to a patent pending frame design, the Compatto features unique nose pads that hold the flexible beta titanium temples in place for compact storage, photochromic lenses that darken on exposure to UV light, and a carbon graphite frame front for the lightest weight possible.